Meet our trustees and president

Becky Hill *

Becky Hill *

Chair of Trustees

Becky Hill *

Chair of Trustees

Becky became a trustee in 2001 and then chair in 2013, which is her second time in this role. She has senior expertise in HR, combined with a passion for independent living and the employment of disabled people. Becky was a teenager when she sustained a C5/6 spinal injury over 20 years ago and so was particularly excited to see the expansion of Back Up’s youth programme. Often seen speaking at Back Up events and in the media, Becky has led the charity as it has successfully expanded to meet the needs of people affected by spinal cord injury. Her achievements were recognised in 2014,when Becky was awarded Third Sector’s Charity Chair of the Year.

 

Konrad Bartelski

Konrad Bartelski

President

Konrad Bartelski

President

Konrad is a close friend of our founder, Mike Nemesvary, who sustained a spinal cord injury during a ski training accident. Following Mike’s injury, Konrad was one of the key players in the foundation of Back Up in 1986 and developing the charity in its early years.  Konrad has since served as a trustee and subsequently continues as our president. It was beyond his wildest dreams that Back Up has grown from those early days to now reach out to so many people with such a high-quality and essential service. A 3 times Olympian and a former Television Executive for ESPN, Konrad now is fully engaged with his artistic photography and his daughter’s successful fashion line, Neve & Noor.

Claire Pimm

Claire Pimm

Trustee

Claire Pimm

Trustee

Claire Pimm is a member of our board of trustees.

David Fraser *

David Fraser *

Trustee

David Fraser *

Trustee

David joined the trustee board in 2004  and has been a member of the City Dinner committee since it’s inception.The committee has raised over £1M to date.  David has personally experienced the transformational nature of Back Up’s work having  been one of our service users in the past. He is especially proud of the way Back Up has grown and diversified in recent years, providing services that are very much based on people’s needs. David lives in Surrey and has a background of working in marketing communications.

Dr Clair Turnbull *

Trustee

Clair joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and was Chair from 2010-2013. Clair was involved in setting up Back Up’s mentoring programme and continues to provide training and supervision to spinally injured and family mentors. As a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, Clair studied psychological coping and recovery after spinal cord injury. Her speciality is adult mental health and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clair was spinally injured herself in 1999 in a car accident and found Back Up a vital support in her recovery. She lives in Crystal Palace with her husband, Damian and young daughter Isla. Clair also appeared in Back Up’s BBC Lifeline Appeal in 2015 presented by award-winning actor, Oliva Colman.

Crispin Longden

Crispin Longden

(Vice Chair)

Crispin Longden

(Vice Chair)

Crispin was elected to the Back Up board in October 2011 and is currently Vice Chair. Introduced to Back Up through a corporate relationship, Crispin has been involved with the

charity for over five years helping with fundraising and taking part in several courses. He brings fundraising, finance and investment expertise to the Board.  When not active on Back Up duties, Crispin likes to appreciate and collect art and go scuba diving, both when funds and time allow.  He lives in Edinburgh’s New Town with his wife.

Martine Petetin

Martine Petetin

Trustee

Martine Petetin

Trustee

In addition to Back Up, Martine is a trustee of Luna Children Charity and of Gingerbread. This follows a career as corporate lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in large global companies. Martine has a Masters Degree in Business Law and a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from Universite de Bourgogne, and an MA in International Business Law; as recipient of the Hoover scholarship, she attended the MBA programme of The American University, Washington DC.  She has two adult children, experience of dealing with people from various cultural and social backgrounds and a commitment to using her professional skills in a variety of ways within the charitable sector.

Jo Wright *

Jo Wright *

Trustee

Jo Wright *

Trustee

Jo’s professional career has focused on the potential for IT to help large and complex organisations do things differently, resulting in better practices. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, in the UK and abroad. Jo lives in Hampshire with her husband, 3 children and an array of animals. She had her spinal cord injury in 2011 and since then she has benefited enormously from the support of Back Up. Jo is delighted to have a more formal role with them having become a Trustee in 2016.

Anne Luttman-Johnson*

Trustee

Anne joined the board of Back up in 2016.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and currently works for Irwin Mitchell LLP as a Client Support Manager in their personal injury department.  Prior to that she worked as an independent expert witness advising courts on the cost of disability.  In 1984 she sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia.  Her first experience of Back up was in 1991 when she went on a skiing course.  Since then she has trained as a mentor for the charity.  In her spare time Anne enjoys cooking, entertaining, sailing, acting, singing, theatre, art and talking!

Helen Cooke*

Helen Cooke*

Trustee

Helen Cooke*

Trustee

Helen first became involved in Back Up in 1993 when she went on her first ski trip which introduced her to a sport that she still considers to be one of her greatest passions. In 2007, Helen used her expertise in disability and employment to design and deliver the first Back Up to Work course and is incredibly proud that this course has continued to grow and develop.

Having been spinally injured since a baby as a result of a spinal tumour Helen is delighted to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees which she joined in 2016.

Ben Sneesby *

Ben Sneesby *

Trustee

Ben Sneesby *

Trustee

Ben became the youngest ever board member of Back Up in 2016. Ben has been involved with Back Up for many years, participating in a wide variety of courses, giving him first-hand awareness of the profoundly positive impact that Back Up has on people’s lives.  In 2014 Ben represented Great Britain at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, achieving 11th position in the Men’s Slalom Sitting event.  Currently, Ben is reading Law at the University of Leeds, he continues to train with and represent Great Britain across a range of skiing disciplines.

Rebecca Stevenson

Trustee

Becca first got involved with Back Up in 2011 on a Snowdon Push, later followed by a course at Exmoor, and the 30th Anniversary London to Paris Cycle Ride, finally joining the Board of Trustees, in 2017. Becca brings her commercial experience including a long history of working with change in large organisations especially in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, building long term strategy through effective collaboration. Living in London, with her husband, they are both passionate foodies, and can often been found discovering new restaurants or creating delicious concoctions at home.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Trustee

Richard Smith

Trustee

Richard has been a trustee for Back Up since 2004 and has been the charity’s Treasurer since he joined the board.  He brings financial, senior management and business expertise from his career in retail banking. Richard first got involved with Back Up in 1992 when he was a buddy during a Calvert Trust Week.  Having got the Back Up ‘bug’ he then organised the annual Snowdon Push for many years. Richard lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children and a daft retriever!


* spinal cord injured